Mr. DOUGLAS (Weybum):
I think it is desirable to keep the different detachments of the Canadian active service force closely related to the area in which they were recruited. That would do a great deal to promote recruiting. As the minister knows, I have discussed some aspects of this matter with the officials of his department. Take the South Saskatchewan regiment, which was allocated to the second division last fall. The barracks were set up in Weybum. A committee was organized, comprised of private citizens who voluntarily gave their time and spent a good deal of money raised by public subscription in that district, to go through southern Saskatchewan for the purpose of recruiting. They did an excellent job. They travelled thousands of miles, put up posters, organized recruiting committees in small villages and hamlets and interviewed y-oung men who might be possible recruits. Since there was no train fare for them, the committees drove these young men and brought them into the recruiting centre or in some instances paid their farces out of funds raised by public subscription. As I say, they did an excellent job to help to bring the regiment almost up to strength. The government spent S7.000 in fixing up the building for a barracks and spent $5,000 in rent. The regiment has gone to camp at Shilo, Manitoba, and now the recruiting committee is informed that the barracks will not be used as a military depot.
Topic: APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL MINISTERS AND DEPUTY MINISTERS FOR MILITARY, NAVAL AND AIR SERVICES